Originally Posted by phathui5
See, I don't think that a 2.5 year old is going to remember when they want to open the gate, that mom doesn't want him to do it. If he's outside, you need to be out there too. If you go in, so does he.
I was outside. I have a big backyard. He moves fast (as in he runs especially if he knows he is being followed).
Funny thing was when the cop was talking to me in my fenced front yard my 4 year old was climbing the chainlink and she didn't see it (I have to constantly look around with my two so I caught it). Then my other neighbor came over today to give me support. It is a VERY small town so basically the whole town knows the cops came to my house.
Anyway, while talking, I turned and my 2 year old was gone. He was inside the house (which he can't be alone in because of his hatred of eggs et.al.). I know it is a stage but what a stage it is!
It's something I am sure I will find funny one day, but while my kids are the sweetest, kindest, funniest kids in the world, they are monkeys. Literally.
Anyway, the question do you have to let the cops in? No. You don't. I thought about it since I know my rights, but I thought why not? It may have been a really good idea because in the report that they HAVE to send to CPS she can mention that the house showed no signs of neglect. Therefor it could mean that CPS doesn't have to come out. But of course you can say no.
DocsNemesis- that scares me. I worry about the psycho case worker who finds forks a danger to humanity etc. That is why I don't appreciate my neighbors and the choice to call in authorities who may or may not be sane. Of course I have wished them the humbling experience of a runner. And will I call the cops? Nope! I will wink as I give the child back.
I get why they wouldn't want to be holding my kid I guess, but still! It would never cross my mind to not help, and before kids I helped many a young child get back to mom when I found them wandering around. Never called the cops.
As far as wondering when it will happen to you, geez I used to read all the threads about CPS and think, it won't happen to me! Well, it did. People can be real idiots and call about anything. I am blessed that I have enough energy with just two to keep my house pretty clean and I am a chunky gal who likes to eat so the idea of no food in my house is blasphamy, so I was lucky. I guess just dot your i's and cross your t's and hope that the world becomes more neighborly and less apt to bring in the police/cps.
I just have to say on top of the fact that I had the police in my house and now a case number, the fact that the whole town knows is just super cool.